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Calamagrostis acutiflora 'Karl Foerster'

Calamagrostis acutiflora 'Karl Foerster'

Perennial Plant of the Year 2001

Foerster's Feather Reed Grass

Zone 4 - 9

'Karl Foerster' was first introduced to the public in 1950, but like most ornamental grasses it has languished in popularity until the late 1990's. Now that most home gardeners have discovered the joy and benefit of incorporating grasses into the landscape, 'Karl' has become one of the most sought after ornamentals, and for good reason.

This is a non-invasive, clump forming grass. It has a narrow, tight, upright habit and never requires support or staking. In early spring, 'Karl' forms a dense mound of deep green, shiny foliage. By mid-June, pink, feathery, flower inflorescences appear. Throughout the summer, the seed heads mature, forming very narrow, golden tan, broom-like stalks. This highly ornamental display lasts into the fall season and winter. It is also great for dried flower arrangements.

'Karl Foerster' is an easy to grow, low maintenance perennial. It prefers full sun to partial shade, in well drained fertile soil, but is quite tolerant of heavy clay soils and drier situations. This is a long lived perennial generally free from diseases and insects. 'Karl' is an outstanding addition to the perennial garden. Use it as an accent with other late flowering perennials, mass-planted or as a single specimen. HEIGHT: 100-150 cm SPREAD: 60-80 cm

Grown in: 1 gallon size container

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